Renishaw Raman Microscope. Microscopic Medicine.

Biomedical engineering is an exciting program that combines engineering with medicine and biology to improve healthcare. The microscopy center has lots of cool microscopes that allow students to see and learn about things that could change the medical field. One of the newest microscopes our students get to use is a one-of-a-kind Renishaw Raman microscope. It works by using the inelastic scattering of monochromatic light to observe interaction between matter and radiated energy. Plotting the intensity of this “shifted” light versus frequency results in a Raman spectrum of the sample. Raman spectroscopy can be used to study solid, liquid and gaseous samples. Another example is a fluorescent microscope which uses light emission rather than regular direct light reflection. It uses chemical compounds that, once exposed to a specific wavelength, emit a longer wavelength than the one absorbed. Samples are labelled with staining dyes, proteins or particles that will bond to specific specimens such as tissues or cancer cells. These are just two examples of the microscopy available for hands-on student experience and research.


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